Fresh Goods Friday 193

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The weekend’s almost here and the sun is shining here at Tweedlove, so let’s get the Fresh Goods perused then hit up some trails just because we can…

Intense Tracer 275C

Mmmmm carbon
Mmmmm naked carbon

The last of the Enduro World Series test bikes to arrive was this rather lovely Intense Tracer 275C in a naked carbon finish. The frame’s travel is adjustable between 140mm and 160mm and ours came with X01 1×11, Pikes and a stealth Reverb.

Wet look VPP
Wet look VPP straight out of the shower

Price: £2795.00 Frame only

From: Extra UK

1001 Bikes to dream of riding before you die

1001 – it’s a bike odyssey

All the best bike designs from road to MTB in one handy repository of lust. Can we have a Top Trumps set next please Guy? There’s everything from Boardman’s Lotus to the AMP B4 and the Santa Cruz V10.

It’s got the goods

Price: £20.00 in paperback

From: Local Bookshops

Office Chairs

Barney puts his best assembly-face on for one of our new office chairs. We’re having the office re-decorated and we’ve got a load of new furniture too. It’s still not quite a gleaming tower of chrome and glass, but we’re slowly getting there.

So this is what thumbs were evolved for?

 Hope Tech 3 V4 Brakes

Tech baby

Chipps has been busy upgrading the stoppers on his tandem. The Tech 3 V4 brakes from Hope are aimed at gravity riders so should do the job nicely at stopping a tandem. See the brakes in action this weekend at the Bristol Bikefest on Sunday, under Guy Martin and Terrahawk.

Price: £175.00

From: Hope Technology

Alpkit Stem Cell

The drawstring can be pulled shut so you don’t lose Jelly Babies on drop-offs

Originally long-distance bike riders/racers ‘borrowed’ climbers’ chalk bags as a handy way of storing snacks and other needed essentials on the handlebars for quick access. A few companies are now making them specifically for bikes, including the fine folk at Alpkit, who make this Stem Cell. It attaches to the stem and bars and can securely store a water bottle, or all the Jelly Babies you might need, plus gels and whatnot in the mesh pocket.
Price: £15
From: Alpkit

Beer bribe not included.

Volkswagen T5 LWB

We’ve finally decided to lease a new van to replace the ageing Mighty Sprinter. VW fans will probably be very excited to see that we’ve gone for a T5. It’s yet to be stickered up, but it’s already up at Fort William for our coverage of the event this weekend. Give us the special wave, or whatever it is, if you see us passing.

Price: £not cheap

From: Volkswagen Van Centre Manchester.


Lego Minifig

Darren, an old friend of ours, popped into the office recently, having been to Lego Land. This is his version of Chipps, complete with bike helmet, cup of coffee as big as his head, cycling top and ‘deadline face’, which can be swapped for ‘calm face’ when deadline is over.

Price: £3.50 or so

From: Lego Land


Shimano Ice-Tech Rotors

Shimano’s heat-dissipating rotors are always impressive to see in the flesh. With their ‘how is that even possible to make?’ sandwich of steel/aluminium/steel and the fluted inner waves, they’re said to run 50°C cooler than regular rotors.

Price: £49.99 each

From: Madison


Shimano Unzen U2

Sounding like it might actually be a U2 album title, the Unzen U2 is Shimano’s most minimal hydration pack. With a fetish-club-approved rubbery, stretchy material on the main pack, it can stretch to get a few essentials in, but is quite definitely a race-day pack. The cross strap at the front works to keep the pack stable without needing a waistband (while enhancing the rider’s moobs)

Price: £49.99

From:  Madison

EVOC CC 6L and 3L


It’s definitely ‘lightweight summer packs’ weather here at Singletrack Towers and these two packs from EVOC fit the bill nicely. Offering six and three litres respectively, they’re minimal packs with room for one sandwich and no sandwiches respectively. Light and fast – like all of us, right?

Price: £59.95 and £74.95

From: Silverfish

We’re off to spread ourselves thin over the world, so if you see us in Peebles, Fort William, Ibiza or Bristol this weekend, wave a cheery hello. Stay tuned to the website and our @stwfortbill Twitter handle for Fort William World Cup coverage and we’ll see you on Monday for business as usual!


Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (5)

    I bet you couldn’t get all of me in that EVOC pack even with a meat saw and mincer!

    I need a copy of that book! Is it available as an eBook aswell?

    Sandwich, if one were to switch in an incinerator (or cremator) for the saw&mincer, you’d probably fit in the Alp-Kit bag, although I suspect that fact wouldn’t make a great selling point…

    Everyone needs a Lego mini-me!

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